Phase II Redesign

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May 4, 2016 - New - Dates for 2017 and 2018 Phase II certifying examination in Tampa

Anatomic Pathology: August 15-16, 2017 The specific day of testing to be assigned.
Clinical Pathology: August 17, 2017  
Phase II Certifying Exam 2018  
Anatomic Pathology: August 13-14, 2018 The specific day of testing to be assigned.
Clinical Pathology: August 15, 2018  

 April 13, 2016 - Rationale for Phase II examination content: What the examination seeks to test.

April 13, 2016 - Examination resources (old term "reading lists"): Sources for test item selection.

April 13, 2016 - Test Day Schedule: An approximate outline of the anticipated schedule.

April 13, 2016 - Outline of test item distribution and scoring for anatomic and clinical pathology

April 13, 2016 - An illustrated guide to the testing center in Tampa: What it actually looks like.

October 2015 - Council approves major changes to Phase II Certifying Examination and move to Tampa

At the 2015 Annual Meeting, following input from members, ACVP Council approved changes in the format of the Phase II Certifying Examination (CE) and moving the site of the Phase II CE from Ames, Iowa to the American Board of Pathology’s testing center in Tampa, Florida beginning in 2017.  Specifics of these changes include:

  1. Use of computer terminals to answer multiple choice questions (MCQs) and type free text interpretations of glass slides and data sets.
  2. Reduction of the overall testing time from approximately 12.5 hours over two days to 8.0 hours over one day with two break periods.
  3. Conversion of the Phase II CE to a single pass/fail examination.  The Phase II CE will no longer be divided into sections that can be passed independently over several years.
  4. Reduction of the number of glass slides and transition of image-based, “recognize and interpret” type of questions to MCQ format.  Elimination of short answer format test items.
  5. Definition of and increased emphasis on the core scope of knowledge for an entry level pathologist, and consolidation of the elective modules in the “Veterinary Pathology” section of the Anatomic Pathology CE to a combined MCQ examination.
  6. Establishment and utilization of a database of test items characterized over multiple years and aligned with the College’s role delineation study.

 A detailed description of the changes to the Phase II CE and the rationale for the changes was included in the College’s September Special Edition Newsletter dedicated to CE redesign. The newsletter, available on the College’s website, also includes diagrams comparing the format of the current examination with that of the redesigned examination, examples of how MCQs can be used to integrate information from different sources, and answers to FAQs.

We want to emphasize that although the format is changing, there will be very little change to the actual content (testable information) on the CE.  Our plan to focus more on “core” information will counterbalance the potential increase in the scope of testable material created by the elimination of optional modules in the Veterinary Pathology section of the Anatomic Pathology CE.

In the next few weeks a new section dedicated to CE redesign will be added to the ACVP website.  This section will include regular updates on the progress of redesign activities, answers to additional questions and examples of MCQs

Transition from the current to the new CE format.  In 2016, the Phase II CE will be offered in its current form in Ames, Iowa to new and returning candidates. In 2017, the Phase II exam will be offered in its current form in Ames only to returning candidates who have previously passed (and retain credit for) one or two sections of the Phase II CE. In 2017, all new candidates (and returning candidates who have not passed, or no longer retain credit for, any sections in Ames) must take the revised Phase II CE in Tampa, Florida. In 2018, all candidates must take the revised phase II CE in Tampa.


PATHways Newsletter

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PATHways is the joint newsletter of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and the Society of Toxicologic Pathology. Click on an edition to read about the highlighted story and more!


Current Edition: Fall 2016 (PDF)

Spring 2016 (PDF)


Previous Editions:



Spring 2015 (PDF)

2015 ACVP/ASVCP/STP Combined Annual Meeting; Externships; and more!

 Fall 2015 (PDF) 

What's your diagnosis, Veterinary Pathology Residencies 101: On Your Mark, Get Set…Apply!; and more

Fall 2014 (PDF)
2014 STP annual meeting student award winners; ACVP Diplomates talk careers from academia to contract research 

Spring 2014 (PDF)
2013 ACVP annual meeting student chapter activities; Internship reports: Amgen and Millennium Pharmaceuticals; networking

Fall 2013 (PDF)
2013 STP annual meeting student award winners; Externship report: NIEHS; Compiling a successful pathology residency application


Fall 2011 (PDF)
Internship report: Amgen; Pathology program showcase 

Spring 2011 (PDF)
Mentoring; A day in the life of Stephanie Corn, IDEXX clinical pathologist; Ohio State pathology program highlight

Fall 2009 (PDF)
University of Illinois pathology program highlight 

Spring 2009 (PDF)
NC State pathology program highlight; Career paths of 3 diplomates

Fall 2008 (PDF)
Pathway to becoming a pathologist; Career paths of 2 diplomates

Spring 2008 (PDF)
A day in the life of Krista La Perle, academic comparative pathologist




2014 Continuing Education Credits

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This program was reviewed and approved by the AAVSB RACE program for a maximum of 48.5 hours of continuing education. Participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Please contact the AAVSB RACE program if you have any comments/concerns regarding this program’s validity or relevancy to the veterinary profession.

Certificates will be emailed after the meeting to each person that registered for RACE credits.

Note:  PACE credits are not offered this year.  Each person that registered for PACE credits will receive a RACE confirmation by email after the meeting is over.

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